Are you in line for a promotion with your company? Have you been networking within your industry to land your dream job? Whatever your circumstances are, what you wear and how you wear it make a huge first impression on potential hiring managers. Follow these recommendations from the experts for putting your best dressed foot forward.
You don’t need to follow the latest fashion trends or make a huge investment in a new wardrobe to make a strong professional impact with your wardrobe. No matter the occasion or business situation, the most important thing you can wear is a genuine smile and quiet self-confidence. Nail these two items and you have 90% of dressing for success covered. Take a close look at the styles the managers and executives at your company are wearing. Is it business casual? Business casual can be pretty risky to define. Follow this rule of thumb, if in doubt, don’t wear it and err on the side of more conservative versus more flamboyant. Take stock of your existing wardrobe. Commit to investing in quality, basic pieces that will anchor your wardrobe. Save money in the process by using a Groupon at your local Sears where you’ll find selection, quality and value. A well-tailored black skirt, black trousers and jacket can be the anchors of your wardrobe. Avoid loud prints, oversized clothes or pieces that are too tight or revealing. Dress for the position you want, not the position you have. You have to wear serious clothes to be taken seriously.
Finally, take a critical look at your hair style and make-up. Tone it down if necessary. If you’re still wearing the same hair style you had in high school or college, it might be time to update it. Schedule a session with your stylist and spend extra time on a consultation for a great new cut that’s flattering to your features. Good luck to you!